As Senior Director of Business Development, Michelle cultivates relationships with a wide diversity of organizations who want to communicate and connect with new passionate supporters on the Change.org platform. Prior to joining Change.org, Michelle was a Senior Account Relationship Manager for the world's largest multimedia provider to the cultural arts sector. She has cultivated her client management experiences from serving in management for the luxury fashion and investment banking sectors.
Shut Down the Yulin Dog Meat Festival!
Please consider contributing to our crowdfunding campaign to provide emergency aid to dogs rescued in Yulin: change.org/helpyulindogs Did you know, every year, on the summer solstice, thousands of dogs are rounded up to be eaten in Yulin, China as part of a Dog Meat Festival? We believe that this cruel “festival” has no place in the 21st century. There are so many reasons to end this horrific festival -- warning, the following information may be upsetting. Many of the dogs that are killed are stolen household pets or are watchdogs of rural families. Allowing the Dog Meat Festival to continue is like endorsing dog theft, which supplies the dog meat industry. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is also a dangerous food safety issue. Dogs sold on the market are sick, poisoned and dying animals. They suffer from horrendous conditions during the long distance, trans-provincial journeys, many days without food and water and may carry contagious disease. We appeal to you to act in the interest of public health, food safety, animal welfare, and the image of Guangxi and China. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is a business operation that undermines the national and public interest. The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government is at a historical juncture. The Dog Meat Festival must end. By signing our petition, you’re joining a global movement with like-minded people who want to shut down this heinous festival and trade. In the coming weeks and months, you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in both online and in-person events happening around the world. Thank you, Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project (www.duoduoproject.org)
Help Animals Whose Lives Depend on ASPCA Pet Insurance
Floppy is a miracle kitty, he has fought to be in this world from day one – when I rescued him as a tiny kitten from a life of neglect. Since then he has grown into the sweetest and most amazing pet I have ever had. Recently Floppy was diagnosed with a rare form of Mast Cell Cancer and was given a poor prognosis, with a maximum of a couple of months to live.Neither I, nor little Floppy, accepted this diagnosis. I went to extreme lengths to ensure he had the best medical treatment available. Thanks to his amazing veterinarians, and his tenacity and will to live, he has gone into complete remission. His rebound to total health is nothing short of magical, he has baffled the vets on his case. Needless to say, the treatment has been beyond expensive. If I had not had the foresight to buy pet insurance years ago, I would not have been able to afford all the weekly vet visits and daily medications.However recently, ASPCA Pet Insurance (a subsidiary of the Hartville Group) started to deny his claims. They state that since his plan has renewed, his "illness" is no longer eligible for coverage. Despite the fact that there has been no lapse in coverage or change requested to his policy since it renewed, ASPCA Pet Insurance refuses to honor any future claims for his condition. I am not alone as a consumer in my issues dealing with ASPCA Pet Insurance. Consumer Affairs and Yelp give them the lowest possible ratings, with a heartbreaking list of numerous cases just like mine. Some people have lost their pets because they couldn't afford critical medical care for their dogs or cats.The ASPCA organization website says "Animals Need Us." Well, Animals Need ASPCA Pet Insurance to honor their commitment to animal welfare by providing better insurance plans, and more transparency to their consumers. Floppy's life and many other pets lives depend on the coverage they provide for expensive veterinary treatments. Please help me get ASPCA Pet Insurance to be accountable to the animals they provide medical coverage to.
Tell Ben & Jerry's You Want Non-Dairy Ice Cream Options
We have been loyal customers of Ben & Jerry’s for many years, and love the socially progressive nature of the company: their Fair Trade policies, commitment to improved animal welfare, and their long-term support of Marriage Equality! Given all that, we are surprised that a company as ethical as Ben & Jerry’s does not make a non-dairy ice cream. We are familiar with their line of sorbets that are vegan, and think it's great that they offer those, but it would be a huge sign of Ben & Jerry’s support for action against climate change if they offered a non-dairy ice cream. For many, Ben & Jerry’s sets the ice cream agenda. They are in a position to lead the way and make non-dairy ice cream a mainstream choice, like meatless Mondays. Offering an ice cream for their vegan customers would signal their support for cutting back on animal products. There is now a scientific consensus that animal agriculture is the single largest contributor to global warming, outstripping even the transportation industry in its production of greenhouse gases. Moreover, offering a non-animal product line of ice cream would signal to their customers that such alternatives can be mainstream and don't mean sacrificing great flavor and their favorite brands, and that they don't have to be vegan to enjoy them. By offering a vegan ice cream, they could show consumers that non-dairy ice creams don't need to be relegated to the shadowy sections of grocery freezers. There are so many non-dairy milks made from soy, coconut, and almond these days that it seems a cutting-edge company like Ben & Jerry's would want to explore these options seriously! And non-dairy products are also good for those with dairy allergies. There are also serious ethical issues with dairy farming: even small dairy farms separate calves from their mothers, a process that is traumatic for both the cow and the calf. Non-dairy alternatives are in demand for those trying to make compassionate, as well as environmentally friendly choices. Please help us call on Ben & Jerry’s to make cutting back on animal products part of their sustainability agenda and their delectable range of ice cream! [Photo credit to Ineke van Rossum]